Monthly Archives: August 2014

Leo Tolstoy on historical rationalization

“Napolean began the war with Russia because he could not resist going to Dresden, could not help having his head turned by the homage he received, could not help donning a Polish uniform and yielding to the stimulating influence of a June morning, and could not refrain from bursts of anger in the presence of […]

Saying a lot briefly: the intricacies of social media

The following is an excerpt from an assignment I wrote about the future use of social media in classrooms: Social media offers its own framework of processing information. Using Twitter as an example, each component of a tweet carries with it a packet of additional information. The timestamp: When was the tweet posted? Was it […]

A Long Walk to Freedom: initial thoughts

I’ve just picked up Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, A Long Walk to Freedom, and want to record a few quick thoughts. The first thing I noticed was the remarkable level of detail in his childhood recollections. The Xhosa words and names he uses in the first few chapters are difficult for me to pronounce, but I […]


Anyone who cares about basketball – and many who don’t – has by now heard of Lebron James’ letter released on Sports Illustrated, which announced his intentions to end his free agency and return to his hometown(ish) team. This has all kinds of wacky basketball implications (Andrew Wiggins?! Kevin Love!? OMG!), but I’m also curious […]